Colorado Springs Juvenile Traffic Crime Defense Attorney
We've all heard the old adage: driving a car is a privilege, not a right. For teens, acquiring a license is often considered the first major step in adulthood. Unfortunately, with such excitement often comes poor decision making, which could lead to a juvenile traffic crime.
Oftentimes, juvenile shoplifting crimes may result in nothing more than a juvenile being detained by the store or other establishment that he or she attempted to shoplift from. At that point, the juvenile is usually released into the custody of their parent or other guardian, sometimes with little more than a stern lecturing given to them, sometimes with more serious consequences for the shoplifting crime being explained to them. However, all instances of shoplifting crimes need to be examined on an individual basis to ensure that the juvenile does not sustain punishment that is beyond the scope of the crime committed.
- For crimes classified as burglaries, a total of 829 juvenile arrests were made, which translated to 67.7 incidences per 100,000 juveniles
- For crimes classified as thefts, a total of 6,484 juvenile arrests were made, which translated to 529.6 incidences per 100,000 juveniles
- For crimes classified as motor vehicle theft, a total of 390 juvenile arrests were made, which translated to 31.9 incidences per 100,000 juveniles
Burglaries and motor vehicle thefts are fairly specific in terms of what each crime entails. Thefts are a more generalized category, one which includes a variety of indiscretions, including juvenile shoplifting crimes. While shoplifting crimes are certainly a serious matter, they are hardly on par with motor vehicle theft, or even burglary. In many cases, misguided youths act impulsively, choosing to shoplift an item from a retailer, but doing so at the behest of their peers or other outside influences. However, a shoplifting crime, though wrong, should not be treated by Colorado's juvenile court system in the same manner as the system treats other more serious theft crimes.
At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., our juvenile crime defense attorneys will examine the circumstances of your child's shoplifting crime, and will formulate a strong defense on their behalf. We all make mistakes, but it is important to remember juveniles are capable of making more mistakes than anyone, particularly since they do not have the life experience or foresight to truly understand the scope of what they are doing. If your child has been arrested for a Colorado shoplifting crime, please contact our Colorado Springs defense attorneys for a free consultation of your juvenile's defense case. Call (719) 475-2555 today.